Day in history for August 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad began building a granary at Chicago 200 feet long by 100 feet wide and over 100 feet high.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The office of the Port Byron Lime Association was entered early in the morning by burglars. The safe was blown open but it contained only about $10. No trace of the burglars had been discovered by late afternoon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.T. Francis resigned as sales manager for the Rock Island Plow Company, a post he had held for 13 years. He was to accept a similar bid with a firm in South Bend, Ind.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Robert Fisher, 25, of Davenport, carrying three automatic pistols, was arrested in a Moline hotel at 10:50 last night, just six hours after he had held up and robbed a brokerage house of $650 cash.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Picketers with placards turned out early this morning at the main gate of the John Deere Planter Works, Moline, as the UAW-CIO called a strike at the four Deere plants in Moline and East Moline and four in Iowa.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Beth Trego, 8, of Moline, was crowned ''Miss Moline Playground'' this week at Prospect Park. Her mother, Judy Trego, was ''Miss Moline Playground'' in 1957.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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